Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Overview of Public Health Data

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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In part one of this five-part series, Basic Concepts in Data Analysis for Community Health Assessment, this 30 minute online installment takes you through the basic information to use data in public health's core functions.

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This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.  

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017. 

What You'll Learn

  • Define screening
  • Identify uses of data in public health core functions
  • List at least three common data sources used to characterize the health or disease status of the community
  • List five key attributes of data
  • List three elements to consider when assessing data quality

Competency Terms

Analytical/Assessment Skills

Related Occupations

Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Manager/Program Manager

Related Job Tasks

Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets